Published In

Environmental Science & Technology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2014

Subjects

Volatile organic compounds -- Oxidation, Nitrates -- Environmental aspects, Hydrocarbons, Atmospheric aerosols -- Mathematical models

Abstract

The secondary organic aerosol (SOA) mass yields from NO3 oxidation of a series of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), consisting of five monoterpenes and one sesquiterpene (α-pinene, β-pinene, Δ-3-carene, limonene, sabinene, and β-caryophyllene), were investigated in a series of continuous flow experiments in a 10 m3 indoor Teflon chamber. By making in situ measurements of the nitrate radical and employing a kinetics box model, we generate time-dependent yield curves as a function of reacted BVOC. SOA yields varied dramatically among the different BVOCs, from zero for α-pinene to 38−65% for Δ-3-carene and 86% for β-caryophyllene at mass loading of 10 μg m−3, suggesting that model mechanisms that treat all NO3 + monoterpene reactions equally will lead to errors in predicted SOA depending on each location’s mix of BVOC emissions. In most cases, organonitrate is a dominant component of the aerosol produced, but in the case of α-pinene, little organonitrate and no aerosol is formed.

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Terms of Use CC-BY

DOI

10.1021/es502204x

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/18768